You Don’t Need To Be Special

The other day while at work, I had a customer order seven drinks for seven people she was looking after. She was pleasant, and nice and had a smile on her face the entire time regardless of the fact that one of them was giving her a bit of a hard time while ordering. When she was done, she politely asked if she can leave some of the drinks on our counter and will immediately come back to get the rest. I told her sure.

The next customer I had looked at me and asked me if she’s looking after all seven. I wasn’t as sure. I couldn’t see everyone. He then turned to me, placed his order and said “it must take someone very special to do that”.

Does it? Does a person have to be special in order to look after those who have special needs? I thought all it takes is enough compassion, kindness, patience, understanding.

What do you think?

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I’m Still Crazy About Beauty and The Beast

I remember when teasers for the live action Beauty and the Beast came out last year. It was immediately met with excitement and a lot of hype especially when it was announced Emma Watson will be playing Belle.

My husband and I took our three-year-old to see this about a week ago and she was incredibly attentive to it. Who wouldn’t be? From what I can tell, Disney just set a standard to their live action remakes. If you’re one of those people who would rather wait for the digital/physical copy to come out but is wondering on how true to the story it was: it was exactly like the animated movie despite little modifications to the story line.

The main thing I loved about this remake is not the special effects (although let’s be honest, Be Our Guest was amazing!), nor the nostalgia that came with it (I started crying on their ballroom scene. They met in their fancy clothing and I lost it there in the cinema.) What I loved most which at the same time also broke my heart, was when the spell finally took effect on the castle. Sitting there in the movies, I was hoping they will show what would happen if the spell wasn’t broken in time and they delivered.

In my opinion, I think it lived up to all the hype and expectation that surrounded it before it’s release. I will honestly say I didn’t notice much difference between the original and the remake aside from certain changes to tie up loose ends.

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On “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon

Earlier this year, I gave myself a more relaxed reading goal: re-reading books I love to rediscover why I fell in love with reading. I have slowly felt myself get bored and tired of reading because I was constantly trying to catch up with all the books book bloggers rave about. Not to mention, the number of book lists that pop up in my Facebook feed everytime I check it. I have a toddler, and “so many books, so little time” is only one of the many things I can describe how my life is going right now. I mean, just look at how dead this blog has gotten. (I’m trying, I’m really trying. *sad face*)

Close to the end of 2016, a list of book adaptations to be released in 2017 came out. I was excited but I didn’t feel pressured to read them all. I had this I’ll-read-it-and-watch-it-eventually mentality going at the time. And then I saw the trailer for Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything. And well, Nick Robinson.

 

Basically, I’m allergic to the world.

Nicola Yoon’s novel starts off with Maddy letting you know she’s never been outside. She lives her life as normal as she could between routines, regular (and sometimes hourly) check-ups. She has online classes, and she fills her time reading books. And then Olly’s family moves in next door.

I was happy before I met him. But I’m alive now, and those are not the same thing.

Everything, Everything gave me that Hazel and Augustus feeling which I missed ever since I finished reading The Fault In Our Stars. It doesn’t have anything to do with the fact the characters (except Olly) are sick. It’s the us-againts-the-world thing while at the same time there is worry in the back of their minds.

I also enjoyed that Maddy reads. I found a Book Riot article which lists the books mentioned in the novel. Would I be adding those to my ever growing TBR list, YUP!

I constantly find myself gravitating towards young adult fiction which has a romance/love story line to them. It’s worse when I find the main characters are around sixteen to nineteen years old. For some reason, there is something inviting about meeting the love of your life (or someone you’re willing to go to extremes for) at that age.

The trailer for the adaptation looks great. However, if you haven’t read the book the trailer is pretty much most of it. Probably some parts of it would need more context. Hopefully the entire movie would live up to what I hope.

 

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David’s Tea 24 Days Of Tea Wrap Up and Thoughts

It’s been 2 days since I was able to finish unboxing every single tea that came in this year’s 24 Days Of Tea. They came in 24 small gold tins wherein each tin is a perfect sampler size.

As much as I was extremely excited about purchasing this, I was also very hesitant because $40 CAD (pre-sale price) is a lot of money for a tea sampler if I only ended up liking 4 or 5 teas out of 24. Fortunately I liked more than expected, some I will be purchasing maybe a 50g or 100g tin soon.

One thing I enjoyed about this advent calendar is the variety of teas you get. There are some which are caffeinated, herbal, fruit infusions. Each one perfect for the fall/winter season.

Would I buy myself one again next year? The great thing about this advent calendar is they include a list of the teas inside but not in the order they come in. This means one would get an idea of whether or not it will be worth it to buy or repurchase it. This also makes it easy if one decides to separate these as stocking stuffers. My decision of whether I would repurchase it or not will depend on the kinds of teas included in next year’s calendar. However, knowing myself I probably would end up repurchasing it nonetheless. 🙂

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